Nest Generation 1 (thermostat)
The iconic brushed stainless steel ring—a design feature that persists throughout the first three generations of the thermostat—stays cool to the touch and makes adjusting the thermostat a joy.
You might be surprised to hear Tony Fadell advocate cutting corners, but that’s exactly what the Nest team did when they boldly asked their LCD supplier to chamfer two of the screen’s edges. This allowed the screen to take up more room on the face of the thermostat while also keeping the overall size of the device from becoming unwieldy for the user.
In another feat of precision engineering, the springs around the perimeter of the thermostat had to click the same exact way when pressed from any angle.
At the lower edge of the face is a subtle grille. It ensures airflow and the accurate reading of ambient temperature without interference from the device’s internal heat.
Beneath the grille, you’ll find sensors that detect when someone comes near the device, causing it to automatically light up. The rest of the time, it blends right into the background.
One of Nest’s most trailblazing features was its incorporation of Thread, an advanced low-power and low-latency IP6-based mesh network that allows smart home devices to communicate directly with one another. It has since become the industry standard and is now used by Apple, Amazon, and Google products. This visionary adaptive technology ensured the longevity of the thermostat, allowing users to keep it as a part of their homes for years to come.
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